13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
6
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 5th (Thu), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde journey planner.

Valencia, Spain to Monteverde is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 7th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): stroll around Parque Nahomi and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 9th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online attractions planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning site.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Reserva Forestal Grecia Sector Bosque del Nino and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metal Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grecia, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Metal Church ©
Metal Church

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